UK & World News

  • 29 March 2014, 18:16

Los Angeles Rattled By Second Quake In A Month

California has been hit by another earthquake, the second this month and the biggest to hit the state in six years.

The 5.1-magnitude quake caused rockslides, cut power to some 2,000 people, burst water mains and toppled furniture, but no injuries were reported.

Disneyland shut down rides as a precaution and a baseball game between the LA Dodgers and the Angels was briefly interrupted.

The earthquake followed a similar one in California earlier this month which measured 4.4.

Hannah Hirzel, 17, who lives four miles from the quake's epicentre in La Habra, said: "I was home alone and I ran out of the house ... I was sitting where my bookshelf fell, but I ran too quick."

Shop worker June Soekmto said: "Suddenly we got a blackout and buildings were shaking like crazy. I just screamed to everybody 'get out of the store'."

A rockfall in Carbon Canyon, about six miles from the epicentre, caused a car to skid and overturn, though the driver escaped without serious injury. 

Robert Graves a seismologist with the US Geological Survey said a number of aftershocks had also been recorded.

"It was a magnitude 5.1, that's the main shock, very close to La Harbra and relatively shallow depth," he said.

"We've had a very energetic aftershock sequence, up to about 20, and two of those aftershocks had been greater than magnitude three."

California lies on the San Andreas Fault, the boundary between two shifting land masses responsible for devastating earthquakes that have caused the deaths of thousands of people.

"Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

Seismologists say a huge earthquake causing widespread devastation, referred to as 'The Big One', is 99% certain to hit the state sometime in the next 30 years.